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AMERICOM Government Services Wins Contract to Support U.S. Army's TROJAN Network

July 7, 2008
By Katie Packard

AMERICOM Government Services has won a five-year, $136.2 million follow-on contract to support the U.S. Army's TROJAN Network. The contract includes five additional one-year options worth $150.2 million, making a total potential contract value of $286.5 million over 10 years.

Raytheon Company Awarded Contract with U.S. Navy for Low Frequency Sonar

July 7, 2008
By Katie Packard

Raytheon Company has received a $63.4 million contract with the U.S. Navy for AN/AQS-22 Airborne Low Frequency Sonar, the primary undersea warfare sensor for the U.S. Navy's MH-60R multi-mission helicopter. Work will be performed at Raytheon's Seapower Capabilit Center, Portsmouth, Rhode Island, and by AN/AQS-22 partner DRS Sonar Systems, Gaithersburg, Maryland.

UNdata Puts U.N. Data in Easy Reach

July 8, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

UNdata, the United Nations (UN) managed data service, is designed to provide users with statistical data compiled from the UN's databases. The site's search engine allows some 55 million UN documents to be referenced. Users can search the site for specific information or download data on a range of sources such as agriculture statistics, national data, demographics, information technology, human development issues and key global indicators.

Textron Defense Systems Receives Contract Increment

July 7, 2008
By Katie Packard

Textron Defense Systems is being awarded a $3,170,000 increment of a $21,303,000 other transaction for prototypes agreement for phase two of the High Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System, a project contracted with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. This is a sole source award.

QinetiQ North America Receives $225 Million NASA Subcontract

July 2, 2008
By Katie Packard

QinetiQ North America's Mission Solutions Group has been awarded a subcontract by Abacus Technology Corporation to support information management and communications activities for the National Aeronautical and Space Administration's Kennedy Space Center. The contract, which will run up to nine years, has a potential value of $225 million. QinetiQ North America will provide systems engineering, sustaining engineering, and imaging and timing services to Abacus Technology as a subcontractor.

General Dynamics Awarded $16 Million Contract to Expand Fort Meade's Information Technology Infrastructure

July 2, 2008
By Katie Packard

General Dynamics Information Technology has received a delivery order by the Army to expand information technology infrastructure and network capabilities at Fort Meade, Maryland, where the Defense Information Systems Agency is being relocated. The expansion is part of the U.S. Army Program Executive Office, Enterprise Information Systems' Infrastructure Modernization program, which seeks to improve network capabilities in order to address evolving Army communications requirements.

Lockheed Martin Systems Integration Wins Contract For U.S. Army TACOM

July 2, 2008
By Katie Packard

Lockheed Martin Systems Integration has been awarded a $6,569,712 cost plus fixed fee contract to redesign the light armored vehicle and command and control upgrade configuration. The U.S. Army TACOM, Warren, Michigan, is the contracting activity.

AeroVironment Incorporated Has Been Awarded $200 Million Contract

July 2, 2008
By Katie Packard

AeroVironment Incorporated has received a one-year; indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity; not-to-exceed $200 million contract for all environment capable variant small unmanned aircraft systems in support of the U.S. Special Operations Command Program Executive Office, Fixed Wing.

Ultra Electronics Tactical Communication Systems Awarded Contract Amendment

July 2, 2008
By Katie Packard

Ultra Electronics Tactical Communication Systems (Ultra TCS) has been awarded a contract amendment valued at $18.1 million with the Army, in which Ultra TCS supplies AN/TRC-190(V)3 radio assemblage modification kits and associated equipment for the Army's Warfighter Information Network-Tactical program, a critical enabler of LandWarNet. Since January, Ultra TCS has received $10 million under the contract.

Snail Mail by Email with Motomail

July 1, 2008
By Rita Boland

Friends and family members of U.S. Marines deployed to an operational location in Iraq can send their loved ones a message without ever visiting the mailbox. MotoMail aims to bridge gaps in communications between parties who may not have e-mail access or who just want to send a physical letter for a more personal touch. MotoMail, in conjunction with SuperLetter.com Incorporated, operates a Web site that allows users to create a message online that will be downloaded and printed out at a Marine Corps post office then physically delivered to the deployed Marine. MotoMail messages are downloaded at least once a day in the operational theaters, and the organization strives to deliver all letters within 24 hours of printing. The Delivery Status feature enables senders to keep track of their messages through the three delivery stages-Stage 1: received at the MotoMail server; Stage 2: letters downloaded to the MotoMail terminal; and Stage 3: letters have been printed and sent for delivery. The service is provided at no cost. While the service is geared largely toward Marines, troops in other military branches who are collocated with the Marine Corps can receive the mail as well. MotoMail also offers two-way services so troops can send letters back home by creating an account on MotoMail using credit cards. Letters are sent to a regional SuperLetter office determined by the first digit of the destination zip code for printing. Postage is applied, and the mail is placed in the U.S. Postal Service system. Troops can send up to five letters for free, and all additional messages cost 50 cents. Users can create accounts on the Web site as well as find answers to frequently asked questions and other resources.

Contract Awards on SIGNAL Scape

July 1, 2008
By H. Mosher

As promised, we have a new feature on SIGNAL Scape as of this month. Robert K. Ackerman, editor-in-chief of SIGNAL Magazine, describes the logic in moving the Business Bytes column to the web in the July issue's "Behind the Lines":

Compared to a monthly paper publication, the Web offers a huge advantage in timeliness. One of the first additions to the enhanced Web site's news center comes directly from the magazine. Loyal SIGNAL readers who have perused the Business Byte column no longer can find it on paper-it has migrated to the Web site as Contract Awards under SIGNAL Scape. This change makes sense in terms of timeliness and relevance, because instead of learning about a contract two months after its award, readers now can see it on SIGNAL Online within days of its announcement. Web hot links connect readers with more information from the source of each contract announcement.

The Contract Awards section of SIGNAL Scape is edited by Katie Packard, SIGNAL Magazine's Assistant Editor. You can access the Contract Awards section directly here, or subscribe to the section's feed with this RSS link. Please note that the contract awards are not included in the regular SIGNAL Scape feed.

The Five Pillars of Netcentricity

July 1, 2008
By H. Mosher

In "Network Operations Mandate Critical Considerations," Lt. Gen. Harry D. Raduege Jr., USAF (Ret.) outlines and explains his "pillars of netcentricity," which are communications infrastructure; security, including privacy and cybersecurity; information management, governance, and leadership. These pillars are so important, he continues, because as organizations face the challenges of continued streamlining, as resources continue to dwindle even as security demands continue to grow. With all this in mind, what key elements for effective and efficient network operations pose the greatest challenge for defense agencies?

Vangent Awarded Contract with Royal Saudi Air Force for Web-Based E-Learning

July 1, 2008
By Katie Packard

Vangent Inc. is being awarded a contract from Hanscom Air Force Base, Maryland, for $13,590,654. The Royal Saudi Air Force Web Based E-Learning System Modernization Program includes the procurement, installation, configuration, test and delivery of the School of Command, Control and Communication E-Learning systems, its supporting equipment and information technology infrastructure.

Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation Wins Contract from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

July 1, 2008
By Katie Packard

Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation has been awarded a cost plus fix fee contract of $20,842,119 from the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, to develop and mature critical technologies required to enable airborne stand-off electronic attack, including low band, high-power transmitting phased arrays; mid-band high-power transmitting arrays; and advanced exciters.

General Dynamic Network Systems Receives Contract from Air Force

July 1, 2008
By Katie Packard

General Dynamics Network Systems was awarded the Intelligence Information, Command and Control, Equipment and Enhancements contract, an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract with a $3.1 billion maximum, by the Air Force.

Harris Corporation Awarded Contract to Supply Royal Netherlands Air Force with Remote Surveillance System

July 1, 2008
By Katie Packard

Harris Corporation was awarded a contract to supply the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) with Falcon Watch Remote Surveillance Systems to provide force protection and perimeter security for forward operating bases in Afghanistan. The acquisition is part of the RNLAF's Transportable Intrusion Detection Systems program.

BearingPoint Awarded Five-Year, $225 Million DoD Contract

July 1, 2008
By Katie Packard

BearingPoint Inc. was awarded an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract for Logistics, Maintenance and Supply Support functions and associated technologies throughout the Defense Department by the Army Contracting Agency. The contract has a potential value of $255 million over five years.

Teamspinner: A collaborative project management tool

July 3, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

Teamspinner allows teams to create custom environments for their projects. Users can add Wiki text, lists, discussions and files. Team members can also invite others as members or observers and track any changes via RSS feeds. Users should note that this tool is currently in the beta stage. A link allows bugs and suggestions to be reported to the tool's designers.

Remembering Everything

July 3, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

The goal of reQall is to serve as a memory tool. The site collects and aggregates personal data. Users can access the site through a variety of methods, such as text from a handheld or desktop computer or voice from a telephone. The site will translate voice messages into text and store the data. Users with iPhones or Web access can quickly enter action items and clip and remember items on the home page. ReQall can contain anything from personal notes to contact lists and photographs. A memory jogger feature lets users play games especially designed to strengthen memory.

Another way to search Wikipedia

July 7, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

Sometimes a user might need an immediate answer to a question or a definition of a term. The Lexisum home page has a simple interface consisting of several boxes. Entering a term such as "bandwidth" causes the site's search engine to scour Wikipedia sites for an answer. Each definition is studded with hyperlinks to more detailed articles and related topics.

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